So, I've got some pretty kick-*** Hadleys that I'd like to put under the hood of my truck which got me looking into Air Compressors.
Hadley makes one specifically for their air horns, but I started to wonder if I could buy something bigger and have functional air for inflating tires and maybe even running small tools.
This got me looking at something like this...
Kobalt 1.5HP 3-Gallon Air Compressor
I've already got a Cobra Highway Gear 2,000 watt power inverter. I figured I could mount the air compressor and the inverter in my tool box and drill through the box for an air intake vent and quick-connect fitting.
According to Lowe's website, the compressor draws 12 amps which works out to a 1320 watt requirement at 110vac. That makes the 2000 watt inverter more than adequate for the job.
My question, is whether it would be ok to run the inverter off of the vehicle batteries (I have two), or have a couple isolated batteries in the tool box with a charge line ran to them from the trailer wiring.
Obviously, I'm doing this on a budget and would prefer to use the vehicle batteries to save money. I've looked at the Viair systems and they're pretty proud of those things!
I would relay-control the power for the inverter through the appropriate auxiliary switch in the cab to avoid un-desired drain on the vehicle's batteries. I would probably also only run the compressor when the engine is running.
Does anyone use a set-up similar to this and how well does it work? I could see myself spending around $200 on this and installing it myself.
Thoughts would be greatly appreciated.